Brian May discussed Queen’s “Sheer Heart Attack” track off their sixth studio album, 1977’s “News of the World,” saying on Jonesy’s Jukebox (transcribed by UG):
“‘Sheer Heart Attack’ is [drummer] Roger’s [Taylor] track.
“Roger was the one guy in the band who was aware of what’s going on around him – very aware of fashions, and trends in music and stuff.
“But he had that track for quite a while – he had it in his head and he went, ‘I want this on the album. The things are going the punk way, and this is my punk track.’
“And I thought ‘What is this racket?!’ [Laughs]
“Roger and me are famously never in agreement about anything. And I was not in that frame at all. Because in my mind I think we were punks anyway from the beginning. [Laughs]
“But Roger was, and still is, the guy who’s aware of trends. He was aware of David Bowie long before any of us knew who he was.
“He went to a David Bowie show, and I remember him saying, ‘He was amazing! He got the audience all with him and then they carried him off on their shoulders.’
“And that was [Bowie’s third studio record, 1970’s] ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ album.”